(Closed) What thermometer do you use to temp?

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Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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tessadub :  I use the Veridian Basal Digital Thermometer. https://www.amazon.com/Veridian-08-365-Basal-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B003SLX2NU?th=1

It is great!  It only has 3 stars on Amazon but I’ve been using it for about 6 months and love it.  Make sure you get a basal thermometer as it is more sensitive than a regular thermometer and goes down to the hundredth of a degree.  The thermometer I have takes 60 seconds, and it has temperature recall when you turn it on so you can see what your last temp was.  It’s really convenient.

As for how to temp, are you familiar with charting?  I get up at 4am and take my temperature.  You get used to it and can just fall right back asleep.  I recommend taking it early enough that you’ll pretty much always sleep right up until your alarm.  It’s important to take it as soon as you wake up because moving around/being awake too long will make your temperature rise.  I have a charting app on my phone that I just input my temperature into when I take it and I fall back asleep.

You also need at least about 4 hours of sleep to get an accurate reading.  If you’re restless the whole night your temperature probably won’t be accurate.  I’ve had very good luck with it though and always know the exact day that I ovulate because of my temperature rise.  It takes a little getting used to but it is actually kind of fun.  

I’d recommend taking a class on temping because even the apps that point out your ovulation aren’t always accurate.  It’s best to double check it yourself!  Let me know if you have any questions about recognizing ovulation, or just charting with temperature at all!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I just used a cheap Walgreens brand and worked great! I’m not sure about you, but I’m a mouth breather because of wonderful allergies. This was throwing my temps off so I started temping vaginally. I used Fertility Friend and it worked great. I would probably use an opk in conjunction with temping because by the time the app shows ovulation it could be too late. Best to baby dance before ovulation happens and opks show that you will ovulate 24-48 after a positive. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DP0EZ3O/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the one I use. I have a special alarm set for a little earlier than I wake up on my own each day. I take and record my temp, then go back to sleep until my normal wake up. 

I started out just taking my temp whenever I woke up, but my wake up times fluctuated enough that the app that I use (fertility friend) kept questioning the accuracy of my temps. I found that the section on temping in Taking Charge of Your Fertility was really helpful. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have a thermometer from CVS (found in the same aisle as tampons/fertility aids/contraceptives). All you need is one that temps in the hundredth degree and you should be fine.

I recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility to answer all of your questions on temping to track ovulation.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a cheap one from Walgreens. FYI tho temping does not “predict” ovulation. The temp rise/shift only confirms ovulation after the fact.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

This is my chart for this month.  Do you see that big spike from cycle day 12 to 13?  That means I ovulated on the 12th.  The progesterone from ovulating causes it to spike, so the temperature spikes after ovulation, not before.  Your temperature doesn’t have to rise this much.  There are several different charting methods but a good rule of thumb is that a temperature above the previous six may mean ovulation.  It needs to stay elevated for at least 3 days.  Usually for me at least it’s a big spike like this one, almost a full degree.  Some people it won’t be this noticeable.  You’ll start to understand your body!  You could always post your chart on here too, if you’re confused.

Your first month you probably won’t know when you ovulate, but for most women it’s around CD 14.  For me, it’s CD 12 almost every single month (with a 28 day cycle).  You’re fertile for about 3-5 days before ovulation and about a dayafter.  If you realize you ovulated, BD right away!  There is definitely still hope. 🙂

Edit-Also this month’s chart is a perfect example of why you should understand temping and not just follow an app.  This app thought that the temperature rise on CD 11 was ovulation.  It wasn’t, I was just restless that night so my temp was a little higher. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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tessadub :  You’re welcome, I find this stuff so interesting!  Coming off BC might make your temps pretty wacky at first.  Charting cervical mucus/cervix position might help with that!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

commenting on this thread to follow, if AF shows up in the next two weeks im going to start temping for my next cycle. 

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cmtttc1717 :  did you use a app for that chart or something off the internet. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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Kslim13 :  I use an app called CycleGoPro.  It’s nice but there are definitely more advanced ones out there!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Well of course AF shoes up today. Super disappointed. But I’m definitely going to run out and buy a thermometer to start temping once AF is over. What would you bees recommend are the best/most accurate ones?

I already have fertility friend app on my phone currently. 

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